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Sleep and Human Capital: Evidence from Daylight Saving Time

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  • Lawrence Jin
  • Nicolas Ziebarth

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This paper is one of the first to test for a causal relationship between sleep and human capital. It exploits the quasi-experimental nature of Daylight Saving Time (DST), up to 3.4 million BRFSS respondents from the US, and all 160 million hospital admissions from Germany over one decade. We find evidence of mild negative health effects when clocks are set forward one hour in spring. When clocks are set back one hour in fall, effectively extending sleep duration for the sleep deprived by one hour, sleep duration and self-reported health increase and hospital admissions decrease significantly for four days.

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  • Lawrence Jin & Nicolas Ziebarth, 2016. "Sleep and Human Capital: Evidence from Daylight Saving Time," Working Papers 160001, Canadian Centre for Health Economics.
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    1. Billari, Francesco C. & Giuntella, Osea & Stella, Luca, 2017. "Broadband Internet, Digital Temptations, and Sleep," IZA Discussion Papers 11050, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Keywords

    sleep; human capital; Daylight Saving Time (DST); BRFSS; hospital admissions; sleep deprivation;

    JEL classification:

    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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